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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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Hood issues opinion on enforcement of voter ID

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has issued an opinion to the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the enforcement of the voter ID requirement at the polls. State law says each person who votes at a polling place must identify himself or herself to an election manager by presenting current and valid photo ID before they may cast their ballot. ...

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OUR VIEW: Bryant, Mississippi bypassing prosperity and good health

Forgive us for contemplating what could have been as speakers lined up at Gov. Phil Bryant’s Health Care Summit last week to relate the successes of their respective states in building powerful economic engines through public-private health care partnerships. A spectator who witnessed the recent defeat of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi could only imagine the dynamism that would have been ...

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Court rules lawyer not eligible for Appeals ballot

JACKSON — A divided Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday vacated a lower court’s order that put a Jackson attorney’s name on a Court of Appeals ballot. Latrice Westbrooks had challenged her removal from the ballot based on residency arguments. Westbrooks has acknowledged that she lives seven-tenths of a mile outside District 2, but she says state law doesn’t require Court ...

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Read the November 7th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — AN INDELIBLE IMPACT: Amy McCullough takes a look at how one man’s words more than 40 years ago may shape the economic future of Mississippi. Also in this week’s paper: >> KEMPER PLANT KEY IN HEATED PSC CONTEST: Adams makes false claims in attempt to win election — by AMY McCULLOUGH >> NEW CADENCE?: Will ...

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The Financial impact of healthcare reform on construction firms

How will construction firms absorb the financial impact of healthcare reform? The answer is complicated, multi-faceted and must be understood in order to properly plan for the effects the legislation will have on construction businesses.  The alternative is a financial strain that, if not planned for properly, can shut down a small business. While not meant to be all-inclusive, following ...

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Is it still 1986 or what?

Contractors need tax law updated Do you remember 1986? You remember. 25 years ago. A quarter century ago… Some memorable items — Ronald Reagan was President. “Top Gun” was the biggest movie. Bon Jovi cassettes were thumpin’ the Jensen Triaxes to the max. The space shuttle Challenger disaster. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was enacted by Congress. The Tax ...

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TVA forms opinion group

North Mississippi – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has established a group of opinion leaders from across the Tennessee Valley region to provide additional input as TVA charts its options for meeting the region’s electricity needs for the next 20 years. TVA is developing a new Integrated Resource Plan called TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future. The plan will outline various ...

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